March 31, 2015

New Touch-Control Faucets Save Water, Energy


The right kitchen faucet can have a strong impact on your water and energy savings. Today, one-handle faucets are common, as their size and shape impact water use, but the newest, most efficient models can be controlled by the wave or touch of a hand. … [Read more...]

Try Zone Heating and Cooling for Home Comfort


Family members may complain that some rooms in your house are too hot or cold, but it’s likely there’s not a home in the entire country that has even temperatures throughout all the rooms. Actually, depending upon the activity level in each room, a range … [Read more...]

Electric Capacity Shortfall Projected for 2016

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By Craig Borr, CEO Michigan Electric Cooperative Association Have you ever wondered why a grocery store builds 15 check-out lanes, but only has three of them open most of the time? Simply put, the store has built its “lane capacity” to meet peak demand, … [Read more...]

Don’t Get Lost in the Shuffle


Six hundred pages, plus another 1,000 of supporting documents—that’s the length of the latest proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It would amend the Clean Air Act (only 465 pages) to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power … [Read more...]

When Do Appliance Upgrades Make Sense?


For major appliances, comparing the EnergyGuide label is the best way to find the cost of using them. Based on the purchase price, you can calculate which one provides the best return. The most efficient one is not always the best buy from a payback … [Read more...]

‘Smart’ Products Make Saving Energy Easier


Energy savings can be easy with some savvy shopping for power strips, thermostats and residential lighting. These are the most common products you can use to reduce energy costs, and with a little research, choosing and using them correctly is easy, too, … [Read more...]

Energy Saving Tips for Manufactured Homes


If you own a manufactured home (formerly called mobile homes), you may feel like the only option you have to make it more energy efficient is to replace incandescent lightbulbs with CFLs or LEDs. In fact, there are many actions you can take that will save … [Read more...]

Keep Cool With Attic Radiant Barriers

radiant barriers

  Q. My air-conditioning costs are high, but we still feel too warm at times. Ads for radiant barriers say they save a lot. How do they work, do they save much, and what is the cost? A: Ads about “huge” energy savings from installing attic … [Read more...]

Cool Energy Bills with Metal Roofing


Asphalt shingles are still the norm in most regions, but the next roof over your head could be an energy-saving metal one made of stainless steel and painted to reflect hot sun rays. Thomas Jefferson chose metal roofing to shelter Monticello, his … [Read more...]

Improving the Efficiency of Older Doors

Energy losses from inefficient entry doors can account for a significant part of your monthly utility bills. When leaky doors create drafts, people tend to set the furnace thermostat higher, which wastes even more energy. There are ways to improve the … [Read more...]